Health Canada Declares BPA Hazardous to Human Health

bpa_2Health Canada will officially list Bisphenol A (BPA) on its list of toxic chemicals this saturday according to a recent report on Canada.com’s site. This move is the result of new research which has shown that BPA can be detrimental to adults & children. According to a recent study published last month by the American Medical Association, there is a “significant relationship” between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes and liver problems. BPA can be found in just about everything from cans (soda, soup, tomato sauce), water bottles, baby bottles and plastic toys.

Recent BPA Articles:
Canada.com – Top baby bottle (Avent) leached more chemicals
Canada.com – Health Canada Makes it Official: BPA is Health Hazard
The Washington Post – No BPA for Baby Bottles in U.S.
Time.com – Reassessing the Dangers of BPA in Plastics

Stock up on gDiaper refills – cheapest price ever

gdiapers refillsIf you are currently using gDiapers for your baby now is the best time to order the refills as they are at their cheapest price I have even seen. Each bag retails of refills retails for around $14.25 at local grocery stores however I have been able to get them for around $11.25 per bag online using various discounts at gDiapers.com and Amazon.com. Right now, Amazon has a 10% off coupon which is stackable with their *subscribe & save which already gives you 15% off. With all of these discounts you can get gDiapers small refills pack for $9.75 per bag and their med/large refills are $10.10 per bag.

*Subscribe & save is a way for you to set up automatic shipments of products from Amazon however often you want. Amazon will notify you prior to sending out the item so you can pause / cancel your subscription easily. You can also log in to your account whenever you want and canel / pause a subscription.

How do I get this deal?

  • Click through to Amazon.com
  • On the right hand side of the page, click the number you want in the subscribe & save box and how often you want them sent
  • click “subscribe & save” and begin the checkout process
  • Enter online coupon GRNBB4O9 prior to checkout to get an extra 10% off

gDiapers “little g” pants in stock at BabiesRUs

gdiaper2When we first started using gDiapers for our daughter in 2007 you could only order the “little g” pants directly from gDiapers and very few places carried the inserts. I just noticed that BabiesRUs stores are now carrying the individual pants at some locations.

I recommend buying the “little g” pants with the starter kits as they are much cheaper.  However once you start using them and your spouse sees how “cute” the non starter kits pants are, you’ll be looking for a place to buy these individually.  BabiesRUs is the only store that I know of around here (Delaware) that carries them individually. Best of all you can save on shipping and pick it up at your local BRU if they stock them.

Melissa & Doug Toys – B1G1 1/2 Off

md2I just thought I’d mention that I noticed TRU is having a buy 1, get 1 1/2 off sale on all Melissa & Doug Products.  Amazon is usually a good place to find these toys but with the B1G1 sale at TRU, you might want to check them out as well.

For those of you concerned about toy recalls and compliance with lead in toys, check out M&D’s compliance info below

CPSIA COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
Thanks for your inquiry about our products in regard to compliance with the new CPSIA regulations. In August 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) made a number of changes to consumer product safety laws in the USA. Under the new law, effective February 10, 2009 the lead limit for any children’s product is 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead content by weight for any part of the product. The lead limit will be lowered again to 300 ppm total lead content by weight effective August 2009.

We are pleased to tell you that YES, Melissa & Doug products are compliant with the new CPSIA regulations. From day one, we have had a comprehensive testing program in place for all of the products we produce and sell. Our testing programs have always been in compliance with all US consumer product safety regulations, and we will continue to stay compliant even as some of these laws evolve and change.

As a result, you can continue selling our products with confidence knowing our products comply with the new total lead standards imposed under the CPSIA that became effective February 10, 2009. Of course, we also have General Conformity Certificates readily available for products produced after November 2008 as required under the CPSIA guidelines as further assurance of our products’ compliance to CPSIA.

Baby Shower Gift Idea – gDiapers Starter Kit

gdiaper_starterLooking for the perfect gift for the tree huggin’ hippie mother to be? gDiapers are a great alternative for parents that don’t want to use traditional diapers but aren’t ready / interested in trying cloth diapers.  gDiapers are the best of both worlds…you get a cloth style outer diaper with velcro tabs and an insert that you can flush, compost or even throw away. The kits are the best way to save money as they include 2 little g pants and 10 liners. The kit retails for $26.99 but is $26.28 at Amazon currently. That breaks down to around $11 – $12 per pant if you include the liners which are around $0.35 each. “little g” pants normally sell for $16 – $19.

More Info about gDiapers:
gDiapers, which stands for green diapers, consist of a washable, cotton outer ‘little g’ pant and a plastic-free flushable diaper refill. They are made of breathable material just like sports clothing.  So, babies stay dry and happy and are far less likely to get diaper rash.
Flush, compost or toss.
Can’t flush?  It’s ok to toss our flushable diaper refills because they’re plastic-free.  Or garden compost the wet ones.  They’ll break down in 50-150 days.
flush, compost or toss

A totally new way to think about diapers.
Once you get the hang of it, the whole process will seem as normal as recycling your newspaper. In the beginning, you may have an icky encounter until you get into the groove of using gDiapers. You can also compost the wet ones or simply toss the soiled refill. It will break down in the landfill in about 90 days vs. up to 500 years for a disposable. Ah, the beauty of eco-friendly plastic-free diapers.

Learn how to flush the flushable diaper refills and how to get the perfect gDiaper fit.

Amazon – Tons of discounts on Eco Friendly Products

If you don’t mind buying in bulk, Amazon is a great place to order eco friendly cleaning supplies and paper products.  I recommend normally signing up for subscribe & save as it saves you an extra 15% off Amazon’s price.

I just came across this $20 off $79 coupon and thought I’d pass it along to everyone.  I’d normally post this on DealCatcher but we are having “issues” with Amazon right now and are not posting deals for them this month.  I can’t pass up passing this along to friends & family though 😉

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